This is the ultimate guide to Kodi 19, the next major update to our favorite media center.
So if you want to learn:
Kodi 19 features
Kodi 19 release date
Kodi 19 download information
All of the latest updates announced.
Then this is the guide to check out. Let’s dive in!
Kodi 19 Codename
Each version of Kodi comes with a codename to help users identify it.
Kodi 16 was Jarvis. Kodi 17 was Krypton. Kodi 18 was Leia.
The Kodi foundation asked for suggestions on their forums for the Kodi 19 codename, which starts with ‘M’.
A shortlist was put to vote by the developers and the Kodi 19 codename is Matrix.
Kodi 19 Release Date
The release date for Kodi 19 Matrix is fluid and won’t be officially announced until a later date. However, we can look at the release history of the last few versions of Kodi to make a guess.
Kodi 16 was released on February 20th, 2016.
Kodi 17 was released on February 5th, 2017.
Kodi 18 was released on January 29th, 2019.
The reason for the long delay between Kodi 17 and Kodi 18 is become the majority of code was stripped out and replaced with modern programming standards and libraries. This was done to “future-proof” the code behind Kodi and allow better collaboration and support for all of the different operating systems.
Based on this information, can we guess the Kodi 19 release date?
Nothing is set in stone unless it comes from the official Kodi foundation, but we hope to see something around Q1 (January-March) of 2020. A number of milestones before then will give us an idea if things are on schedule.
The alpha release of Kodi 19 Matrix would be in the fall of 2019. The beta release would come in the winter of 2019.
The above is complete speculation though!
The Kodi software is well-developed and new major features are harder to recognize and implement. Kodi 18 also runs very well on all operating systems. Because of this, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see another two year development cycle.
Kodi 19 Download
Currently, there is not official Kodi 19 download available and Kodi 19 matrix is considered to be in a pre-alpha state.
The Kodi team has always allowed users to test “nightly” versions of its software. These nightly versions often include features that are unfinished and untested and are not recommended for any permanent or main usage. If you don’t know what you are doing, do not try to install the nightly Kodi 19 pre-alpha version.
For those that do want to try out the Kodi 19 download, you can get more information from the official Kodi nightly release page.
As soon as an official Kodi 19 download is released, we will update this guide with all information!
Kodi 19 Features
So what new features does Kodi 19 have? Well, nothing has been officially announced yet and we might not hear much until the Kodi 19 alpha release comes nearer.
On the Kodi forums, a wish list of features was created for Kodi 19 and the most requested new features were:
- Samsung Smart TV support
- Internal web browser support
- Improved 3D video capabilities
- Improved AirPlay support
- Official integrations with third party applications such as Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu and others
- Improved smart home integration
What features do you want to see in Kodi 19? Comment below and let us know!
Kodi 19 Addons, Skins & Builds
One of the most common questions whenever a new version of Kodi is released is whether or not addons, skins and builds are backwards compatible with previous versions of Kodi.
We will update this section with more information as soon as it is available. However, a lot of the work in the past few versions of Kodi has been to standardized code and dependencies and modules in the back end. This should increase the likelihood of Kodi 18 addons being backwards compatible with Kodi 18 addons.
We will update this area with more information soon!